A normal day turns abnormal fast in “First Love”, as everyone is forced to make some major decisions.
This recap of First Kill season 1, episode 5, “First Love”, contains spoilers.
“First Love” seems pretty aptly titled. In it, Jules and Cal continue running until they get to the high school, where they spend the night amongst the set of Romeo & Juliet that they’re helping to build. They get to know one another, asking questions about best friends and fond memories. They spend the night together, not in a saucy way, but in a close, tender one. When they wake up, all they want to do is stay at school and spend one normal day together.
First Kill season 1, episode 5 recap
You could almost forget that one is a vampire, and one is a monster hunter. That’s until they both call their parents, anyway, and ask to be left alone until the evening. It’s a big request with everything going on, and the episode presents the two perspectives in a fun way, but eventually, everyone acquiesces. One day won’t hurt, will it?
It will if you’re Ben, I guess. He’s still really not keen on the idea of Jules being a vampire, and when she wants to just pretend as though it’s no big thing, the two argue. When Ben hooks up with Noah to take his mind off things he’s frustrated when Jules is proved right by his unwillingness to come out of the closet and commit to Ben. Luckily, they’re interrupted by… a zombie?
More on that in a minute. In the meantime, back at the Atwood-Fairmont household, Sebastian seems to be a bit more in control of himself, but he’s fuming about Elinor’s impending marriage to a Davenport, and especially unhappy about having to play nice with Margot’s ex-fiancé. But it’s all about keeping up appearances. Elinor is adamant about (eventually) becoming the Keeper of the Emerald Malkia, and Davina is equally adamant about preserving the family’s status by uniting with the house most likely to try and usurp them. But this is a very delicate balance – a game of chess, as it’s described by Davina – and one can’t see it being held for very long.
Anyway, that zombie. It zooms – rather uncharacteristically for a zombie – past Noah and Ben, and soon after the school’s “monster alarm” goes off (there’s a bunch of chatter in this episode about Savannah’s prior history with monsters, and I must have missed something, but I don’t recall this being brought up before now). It’s Cal who identifies the creature from a photograph that Ben accidentally took of it. She explains how their shambling is an urban legend. This one rockets around so quickly it’s essentially teleporting. After Ben and Noah have a more serious argument, Noah leaves the locker room so as not to be caught in there with Ben, and the zombie collars him in a hallway and rips out his spine.
As it turns out, the zombie is poor Ashley, or at least some version of what’s left of her. Jules and Cal are able to corner her in the cafeteria and Cal scores her first kill by lopping her head off with a fire ax. Aside from a brief moment when Jules sees some of Cal’s blood leaking through an injury and almost eats her, it’s a relatively successful endeavor.
The same cannot be said of Elinor’s proposed marriage to the Davenport heir. When she hears the terms of how her uterus is to be used as a breeding facility until such time as she produces a female to continue the matriarchy, she retreats to her father, who never liked the idea anyway and was just waiting for her to change her mind. But Davina is adamant about the union, and about being shown a certain amount of respect, so she gets altogether too personal and too physical with Elinor and Sebastian. So, Sebastian, evidently still harboring the Emerald Malkia and its considerable power, seemingly unhooks his lower jaw and eats Davina in her entirety.
This is confirmed when Margot comes into the bedroom and finds Sebastian nervously belching. He gives a lovely speech about how much he loves his family and how adamant he is about protecting them. So, the engagement is off. Margot is the new Keeper, and Elinor is the new Keeper-in-Waiting. She got her wish after all.
But things are looking somewhat less rosy for Jules and Cal. The former’s bloodlust is simply too strong for her to be around the latter’s open wound. Luckily, they’re interrupted by Oliver and his witch girlfriend, Carmen. It turns out they turned Ashley into a zombie after Oliver killed her to try and trigger Jules’s bloodlust. Her liver was missing because Carmen needed it for an elixir. Jules pushes Cal into running away for her own protection, but Oliver has a pitch. He wants Elinor’s head on a platter because he blames her for the family throwing him away. And if Jules helps him to get it, then Carmen can make her “a real girl”. She and Cal can live happily ever after.